1980


The squadron operated as a medium bomber and maritime radar reconnaissance squadron throughout 1980


XL443 on Foxtrot Dispersal [Courtesy of Mike O’Gorman]

 Stationed at:

  • RAF Scampton (Lincolnshire), using Foxtrot Dispersal

Role

  • Medium bomber squadron, equipped for low level strategic bombing
  • Maritime Radar Reconnaissance

Command

  • No. 1 Group, Strike Command

Personnel

  • Commanding Officer:
    • Wing Commander IO Junor
  • Strength
    • Officers (Aircrew and Engineering)
    • Other Ranks (Administration and Engineering)

Activities

  • Continuation Training, for individual trades and crews (which was carried out on site and/or at specialist schools)
  • Operational Training
  • Ongoing Assessment / Categorisation
  • Air Tests
  • Maritime Radar Reconnaissance
  • Operations and Exercises
    • Station readiness and dispersal exercises (Regular)
    • Index / Cavalcade / Priory / Natinads (Regular)
    • Cloudy Chorus (Regular)
    • Brown Falcon (Regular)
    • JMC Exercise (Regular)
    • No 6 Squadron Air Defence Exercise (March 1980)
    • Teamwork 80 (September 1980)
    • Taceval (November 1980)
  • Rangers
    • Goose Bay / Offutt
    • Akrotiri
    • Wildenrath
  • Displays / Flypasts
    • Queen’s Birthday Flypast (June 1980)
    • Offutt Air Show
  • Bombing Competitions
    • Double Top (May and July 1981)

Aircraft

The squadron was equipped with the following aircraft types (from its own establishment):

Avro Vulcan B2

Vulcan Profile (Low)

Avro Vulcan Profile © Malcolm Barrass

Aircraft serials that are known to have been on charge of the squadron during the year were as follows: XH538, XH561, XL318, XL319, XL360, XL361, XL425, XL443, XL444, XL446, XM570, XM572, XM573, XM595

XH561 at Scampton 25th April 1980 [Courtesy of Barny Helen Summerfield]

More details on the Avro Vulcan B2 can be found on the following page:

Aircraft losses and incidents

Aircraft losses and incidents were as follows:

  • None Recorded

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Maritime Radar Reconnaissance

On 21st May 1980, a squadron crew found a burning fishing vessel; the crew transmitted a Mayday Relay message and remained at the scene until the crew of the vessel had been rescued by helicopter and other ships